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List of French Inventions

A list of famous French inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient French inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of French discoveries and creations includes items the oboe, the metric system, and the hot air balloon, as well as modern French inventions like the polo shirt and the modern raincoat.

Over the years, historical inventions from France have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Ancient France inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by French inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing. 

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    Gothic art Mid-12th century

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    Oboe, or hautbois Mid-17th century

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    First mechanical metronome 1696

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    Clavecin électrique 1759

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    Gambling games and card games 1480

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    Photolithography 1822

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    Daguerreotype

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    Coined photographie 1834

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    Collotype process 1856

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    Praxinoscope of Charles-Émile Reynaud 1877

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    Cabaret by Rodolphe Salis 1881

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    Chronophotography 1882

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    Cinema

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    Motion picture camera

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    Cinematograph 1892

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    Public screening of cinematographic films 1895

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    Developments of the modern Piano

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    Clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument 1947

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    DivX 1998

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    Appert canning jar

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    Natural rubber/latex 1736

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